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Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (play), Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Chance Wayne
Geraldine Page ... Alexandra Del Lago
Shirley Knight ... Heavenly Finley
Ed Begley ... 'Boss' Finley
Rip Torn ... Thomas J. Finley, Jr.
Mildred Dunnock ... Aunt Nonnie
Madeleine Sherwood ... Miss Lucy
Philip Abbott ... Dr. George Scudder
Corey Allen ... Scotty
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Bud
Dub Taylor ... Dan Hatcher
James Douglas James Douglas ... Leroy
Barry Atwater ... Ben Jackson
Charles Arnt ... Mayor Henricks
Dorothy Konrad Dorothy Konrad ... Mrs. Maribelle Norris
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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. While trying to get her help to make a screen test, he also finds the time to meet his former girlfriend Heavenly, the daughter of the local politician Tom 'Boss' Finley, who more or less forced him to leave the town many years ago. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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He used love like most men use money. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1962 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

El dulce pájaro de la juventud See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Roxbury Productions Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Newman and Madeleine Sherwood previously starred together in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". See more »

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The way the goons hold Chance changes. See more »

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Dr. George Scudder: [He's just observed Chance popping a pill] What is that you just took?
Chance Wayne: [Indifferently] A pill.
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Chance Wayne: Oh, Benny. Benzedrine.
Dr. George Scudder: On prescription?
Chance Wayne: Yeah, sort of...
Chance Wayne: [Cynically] A goofball makes the world keep its balance.
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Spoofed in Sweet Spurt of Youth (1988) See more »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
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Composed by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played by a marching band
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Memorable 1960's.........
7 February 2007 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Paul Newman is outstanding as the ultimate gigolo gold-digger. This movie also features the quintessential "Heavenly" daughter/ big bad daddy performances by Knight and by Begley, who is frighteningly effective.

Geraldine Page is perfectly imperfect and unattractive- remember she is this way for dramatic effect. You aren't supposed to like her. Anti-heroes and character studies were really featured in that era's plays and films. Such characters don't have to be likable and seldom are. Wonderful 1960's actresses Mildred Dunnock and Madeleine Sherwood also give their usual gem-like performances.

If you want to see what 1960's-style movie-making was really all about, view this one. Sure it is uneven and maybe a little old-fashioned by today's standards, but you can get an idea of why some of us are nostalgic for a decade that is known for big changes in movies, but otherwise somewhat forgotten. Here you get a good dose of the cynicism and fine acting of the 60's but without the annoying pretentiousness that was so prevalent in films of the era.

Also, you don't have to be familiar with the stage play or Tennessee Williams in order to appreciate this movie-making effort by Richard Brooks.


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